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You got DWA (the antitheft system, dunno, if its called DWA in UK too :) )?
Then the wiring is already in place.
In case you don't: just have a look. BMW put alot of wiring in our cars even if it wasnt needed (not like nowadays).
 

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Got some wiring and the colours match but the mirror doesn't do anything do I need a relay aswell?
 

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No, not really. Should work right away. What kind of mirror do you want to install? There are alot of different versions of the auto dimming mirrors? Also do you have the IR sensor in your mirror (for remote lock/unlock & anti-theft)?
 

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Not sure what one it is.. Doesn't have the option to turn off or down the sensor of how much you want it to dim. Its not a IR version.
 

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They used a few different mirrors. The harness connector is tucked behind the headliner under the left visor (on LHD cars, could be on the right on RHD cars), and if your car doesn't have the IR keyless/alarm system from the factory, it is easy to confuse the harness connector tied up back there for the mirror's connector. If there's any doubt, get a meter and test the leads against ground -- no alarm system in the car means the connector will be dead.

Early cars had auto dipping mirrors -- the harness has 3 wires. Ground, constant power, and headlights on. If you have one of these, wire the mirror up to headlights on/ground, else the mirror will constantly be on and draw current while the car is off.

Later cars ('91-'92) have the adjustable contrast mirror. I don't remember what the harness connector looks like, but it should be standard.

Even later cars ('93-'94, all E32 in the US) use a Gentex 117, which has no outward controls. This mirror uses a standard ~ 6 pin black connector, but again only 3 pins are used.

The last mirror that I know about is the one with the IR sensor built in, which also has an on/off knob I think.

I think you're probably looking at a gentex 117 -- there should be some text to that effect on the windscreen side of the mirror.
 

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my LE has an auto dimming rear view mirror and I hate it. makes identifying dibble nearly impossible at night, and allows you only to see the headlights of cars, and lose any other details. am i the only one that finds this the case???
 

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I think it makes identifying rearward vehicless easier, as their lights dont dazlle you as much with this type of mirror.
 

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Jahangeer said:
I think it makes identifying rearward vehicless easier, as their lights dont dazlle you as much with this type of mirror.
identifying there is a car there yes, but seeing details on the car/occupants of the car nearly impossible!!!
 

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I would like those rear lights you can get on the rear of Swedish Security Police's E39's, that are supposed to dazzle any would be followers.
 

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But Iam too lazy to use that.. hehe
com'on!!! its not hard, and you have complete control.
I hate unecessary automated devices that try to work out what you want - they never get it right in my experience.
I'll dip the mirror when i want, i don't need a computer to work out when its dark to turn on my lights, i have eyes, i can see its dark.
Nor do i need a rain sensor to tell me when it raining - i can see its raining!!!
Bloody stupid gimmicks, technology for the sake of it IMHO.
 

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I would like those rear lights you can get on the rear of Swedish Security Police's E39's, that are supposed to dazzle any would be followers.
I always wanted a scrolling LED display, with a QWERTY keyboard mounted up front, to type messages to other motorists!!
 

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illjah said:
com'on!!! its not hard, and you have complete control.
I hate unecessary automated devices that try to work out what you want - they never get it right in my experience.
I'll dip the mirror when i want, i don't need a computer to work out when its dark to turn on my lights, i have eyes, i can see its dark.
Nor do i need a rain sensor to tell me when it raining - i can see its raining!!!
Bloody stupid gimmicks, technology for the sake of it IMHO.
agree mate. however i do enjoy all of those though..

just makes life easier some how.

cherrsagai
 

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BURTON said:
Yeah I tend to find that I am getting dazzled alot by cars behind.
Thats what the righthand side pedal is for. Just press it gently, if the dazzling doesn't stop, use the left pedal and change the position of that leather stick in the middle, and then apply the right pedal again. Problem solved.



BTW, Kalevera..Good post:thumbsup:

Wout
 

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illjah said:
com'on!!! its not hard, and you have complete control.
I hate unecessary automated devices that try to work out what you want - they never get it right in my experience.
I'll dip the mirror when i want, i don't need a computer to work out when its dark to turn on my lights, i have eyes, i can see its dark.
Nor do i need a rain sensor to tell me when it raining - i can see its raining!!!
Bloody stupid gimmicks, technology for the sake of it IMHO.
I loved those things on the R32 Golf!!! Bloody handy...
 

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Sebring NL said:
Thats what the righthand side pedal is for. Just press it gently, if the dazzling doesn't stop, use the left pedal and change the position of that leather stick in the middle, and then apply the right pedal again. Problem solved.

Wout
Ahh is that what that is for?!?!
 
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